Monday, 15 of October of 2018

Breast Cancer Misdiagnoses Leading to Malpractice Suits

By Mark Favaloro, Virginia (VA) Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Being misdiagnosed for a simple medical issue can leave a victim scared and upset but being misdiagnosed for cancer is life altering and traumatic. The rate of misdiagnoses of breast cancer is climbing at an alarming rate as breast cancer numbers rise. To find out why this is happening follow the link to “Breast Cancer Misdiagnoses Leading to Malpractice Suits”

About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia and Carolina. Our attorneys have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctors’ mistakes, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see our track record of success in medical malpractice lawsuits, and also be sure to read our free medical malpractice reports Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider and Top 5 Surgical Errors. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive.


West Virginia Lawmakers Consider Punitive Damages Cap

By Randy Appleton, VA Medical Malpractice Attorney

What Happened:

Senate Bill 215 was recently introduced on the West Virginia Senate floor and could spell serious problems for those injured in the state due to medical malpractice. The bill was written to take aim at the state’s currently unlimited punitive damage awards and would instead create a $500,000 cap in med mal cases resulting in either injury or wrongful death.

The sponsors for Senate Bill 215 say the step is needed to help remove the risks associated with inflated med mal verdicts. They claim West Virginia has developed a reputation as a lawsuit friendly state and the cap will help end that. They also claim the cap will lower medical malpractice insurance premiums and, as a result, ensure that more doctors stay in West Virginia.

Those opposed to the measure say that a cap on damages only serves to protect negligent doctors from their own misconduct. Damage caps do nothing to reduce frivolous litigation and only work to deny much needed money to those found to have been injured by a negligent defendant. In fact, such a cap only becomes relevant once a jury has decided that a victim was injured seriously enough to deserve a substantial amount in damages. At that point, a damage cap comes to the rescue of the responsible doctor or hospital, shielding them from a fittingly serious punishment.

The Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney’s Perspective:

I believe that implementing such medical malpractice damage caps sets the wrong tone for doctors in the state, saying that the cost of their misconduct will be capped and that they do not need to fear severe punishment in truly severe cases. Though most doctors do a great job caring for patients, those that do not should be held accountable for their bad decisions. Capping the amount of punitive damages allowed in med mal cases does away with this accountability and would ultimately be a bad thing for residents of West Virginia.

Potentially Helpful Info:

Our West Virginia and Virginia medical malpractice attorneys have compiled a wealth of useful information regarding what constitutes a medical malpractice claim, limits on the amount of time to file a claim, and how to find the right lawyer to handle your case. For more information, read the following report on Virginia medical malpractice claims.

Have Questions?

Those who have been injured by medical malpractice surely have lots of questions. Common questions for those suffering similar injuries include some of the following: What are typical settlements? How long do I have to bring a med mal claim? What do I have to prove to prevail in a med mail case? For answers to these and other frequently asked questions regarding medical malpractice claims, check out the following guide.

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About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia and Carolina. Our attorneys have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctors’ mistakes, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see our track record of success in medical malpractice lawsuits, and also be sure to read our free medical malpractice reports Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider and Top 5 Surgical Errors. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive.


Surgical Error Causes Loss of Leg for Physician

By Mark Favaloro, Medical Malpractice Attorney

What happened:

A recent story in the New York Times shows not only how the results of medical errors can have tragic consequences years later, but that these types of accidents can happen to anyone. Almost twenty years ago, Frederick Southwick had surgery on his left Achilles’ tendon. In order to prevent bleeding during the procedure, a pressurized cuff was placed above his knee to cut off the blood flow.

But last July, Southwick began experiencing incredible pain in his left calf. Doctors discovered that during his Achilles’ tendon surgery, the cuff was left on too long, causing injury to the arteries. Over the years, the vessels progressively scarred and calcified, and that eventually blocked all blood flow to his lower leg. Two months later, his leg had to be amputated.

Southwick refers to the loss of his limb as a preventable error. Ironically, he is a professor of medicine at the University of Florida and his focus of study over the past two decades has been preventable errors in health care. He describes loss of his leg as traumatic and struggles over that loss, as well as the pain and rehabilitation of learning to use a prosthetic leg. His medical career has also been put on hold because of the situation.

 

The Virginia Injury Lawyer Perspective:   

Dr. Southwick references a study that determined how many deaths are due to medical error each year which was conducted by the Institute of Medicine a decade ago. The data compiled from that study revealed there were 44,000 to 98,000 deaths per year because of preventable errors in the American health system. The study also found that for every death there are likely to be at least ten serious injuries, concluding that roughly a million patients are seriously injured each year.

Our law firm has represented dozens of clients who have been victims of physicians’ errors and mistakes. Medical malpractice victims should consult with a Virginia personal injury lawyer to find out what compensation they may be entitled to for their pain and loss.

 

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About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia and Carolina. Our attorneys have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctors’ mistakes, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see our track record of success in medical malpractice lawsuits, and also be sure to read our free medical malpractice reports Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider and Top 5 Surgical Errors. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive.


Virginia Med Mal Awards Arbitrarily Reduced By Damages Cap

By Jim Lewis, VA/NC Med Mal Attorney

What Happened:

A man from Hampton, VA who was seriously injured due to medical malpractice received a jury verdict for $25 million in damages, the largest ever med mal verdict in Virginia. The problem for the man is that the verdict will now be dramatically reduced, down to $2 million thanks to law in Virginia that caps medical malpractice damages.

The case involved a man who suffered from a serious heart attack after being given only an Advil to treat his heart condition. Despite complaints of heart trouble, the doctors said that his arteries were normal and sent the man home. A few months later the man, Christopher Denton, suffered a massive heart attack. The man will now need a heart transplant within five years and only has a 50% chance of survival 10 years after that.

The man sued the Riverside Health System and its cardiologists claiming negligence and won. The jury considered the case and arrived at what it felt was a fair number, $25 million, never being told about the $2 million cap.

This case illustrates the harm of such a damages cap. The only people protected in the case were the doctors and hospital administrators whose negligence led to the massive heart attack in the innocent patient. The only people punished by the cap are those who suffer the most serious injuries while doctors who are responsible for the harm, are spared from the full brunt of their mistakes.

The Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney’s Perspective:

The problem with such caps on med mal damages is that they help the party responsible for causing the harm and punish the innocent victims. By allowing the cost of a doctor’s misconduct to be capped, physicians lose an incentive to keep their patient’s health and safety at the forefront of their minds.

While it’s true that most doctors do a good job caring for their patients, those that do not should be held accountable for their negligence and the jury system should be allowed to function without arbitrary statutory restrains on damages. 

Potentially Helpful Info: 

Our firm has handled dozens of serious medical malpractice cases before, both trying and settling cases to secure much needed money for our seriously injured clients. 

The Virginia medical malpractice attorneys at our firm have compiled a guide containing useful information about medical malpractice claims. The guide answers questions such as what incidents are considered medical malpractice, what time limits apply to med mal cases and how should victims seek out attorneys to assist them after sustaining an injury.

Have Questions?  

If you’ve been injured as a result of a medical professional’s malpractice and have questions about what to do next, take a moment to consult our FAQs regarding medical malpractice cases.

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About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia and Carolina. Our attorneys have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctors’ mistakes, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see our track record of success in medical malpractice lawsuits, and also be sure to read our free medical malpractice reports Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider and Top 5 Surgical Errors. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive.


Withholding Emergency Medical Treatment for Inability to Pay Can Be Illegal in Virginia

In 1986, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) was passed by Congress. This act made it against the law for a medical facility to refuse treatment in an emergency situation because the patient was unable to pay. This law is still in effect today, and it covers all types of emergency medical situations, including women who are in active labor. However, some patients are still being denied medical treatment because of an inability to pay, suffering personal injury or even wrongful death as a result.

This appears to have happened to a man in Louisiana who had a heart attack in November 2012. The man went to one medical center where one of his arteries was cleared before he was transported to Ochsner Clinic in Louisiana. The clinic determined a heart transplant was ultimately necessary, but that another device would need to be implanted to keep him alive until then. After they had committed to doing the surgery, and as his health continued to decline, the clinic found out payment for the surgery had been denied, and they postponed the implant. Allegedly, this denial of treatment caused serious damage to his heart and ultimately his death.

The victim’s survivors filed a wrongful death lawsuit in January, 2013 seeking compensation for numerous items, including lost wages, medical expenses, and loss of enjoyment of life and companionship.

While this particular incident occurred in Louisiana, this type of medical malpractice could just as easily have happened in Virginia. It is similar to a failure to diagnose case in that the patient lost his life because the proper action was not taken. Jim Lewis, one of our Virginia medical malpractice attorneys, fought hard to win a $700,000 jury verdict on behalf of the family of a victim who died as a result of the ER doctor’s failure to diagnose a fatal heart issue.

The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act does not apply in all situations, so if you think you or a family member have been the victim of this type of medical malpractice, it is important to speak with a VA medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible to determine what action should be taken. This type of case has a statute of limitations that limits the amount of time one has to file a claim.

About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia and Carolina. Our attorneys have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctors’ mistakes, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see our track record of success in medical malpractice lawsuits, and also be sure to read our free medical malpractice reports Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider and Top 5 Surgical Errors. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive.

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FDA Issues Class I Recall Over Medical Device Used In Heart Surgery

By Kevin Duffan, VA/NC Medical Malpractice Attorney

What Happened:

The FDA recently announced a recall by St. Jude Medical. The recall, released at the end of last month, concerns a device used in heart surgery and has been given the most serious level warning by the regulatory agency.

According to the FDA, in some cases a wire in the Amplatzer TorqVue FX Delivery System can fracture while it is being implanted in the two upper chambers of a patient’s heart. This carries a risk of not only serious injury but also death.

For the devices not yet implanted in patients, St. Jude Medical sent a warning to doctors labeled “Urgent Medical Device Recall Notice” asking that they immediately stop using the device and return any unused inventory they may have.

The recent recall was labeled a Class I, meaning that it is the most serious type of recall given that there is a reasonable probability that using the product will result in adverse health consequences or death.

The Virginia Injury Lawyer’s Perspective:

Any story about dangers related to a person’s heart is shocking. We all hope that companies responsible for making such critically important devices do a good job. While most do, some companies refuse to invest the time or money needed to ensure that the products they manufacture are completely safe.

If you or a loved has been injured by a medical device and have questions, come talk to one of our Virginia personal injury attorneys about what possible legal options you have to receive compensation. Attorneys with our Virginia personal injury law firm have helped many victims of dangerous and defective products recover damages from companies whose negligence or disregard for consumer safety led to injuries.

Helpful Info:

If you’ve been injured by a defective product it’s essential that you consult with a Virginia personal injury attorney who has experience handling similar cases. Our firm has successfully represented a variety of clients who have been injured by defective or dangerous products.

To begin to learn about your rights and possible options for filing a civil claim for compensation, read through the following article about defective products written by our firm’s personal injury attorneys.

Got Questions? 

Those who have been injured by a medical device or fear they may be impacted by a medical device recall surely have lots of questions. You might be wondering about what you should do if you’ve been injured by a medical device, what the legal definition of a “defective product” is, or what the requirements of a successful product liability are. For answers to these and other frequently asked questions regarding recalled products check out the following guide.

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About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia and Carolina. Our attorneys have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctors’ mistakes, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see our track record of success in medical malpractice lawsuits, and also be sure to read our free medical malpractice reports Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider and Top 5 Surgical Errors. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive.


‘Downton Abbey’ Episode Highlights Dangers of Preeclampsia

By James Lewis, Medical Malpractice Attorney

What happened:

In a recent episode of the popular PBS historical series ‘Downton Abbey’, one of the main characters died from preeclampsia shortly after delivering a baby. Although the show is set in the early 1900’s, the condition still affects pregnant women today.  Statistics show that in the U.S., there are 300,000 pregnant or postpartum women suffer from the condition – and approximately 75,000 experiencing serious outcomes such as organ failure or even death.

The condition typically occurs in the late second or third trimester or up to six weeks following the birth of the baby. Symptoms of preeclampsia can include swelling of the hands and face and around the eyes, sudden weight gain over one to two days — more than 2 pounds a week, high blood pressure, headache that doesn’t go away, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain on the right side, below the ribs, or also in the right shoulder, changes in vision, shortness of breath, racing pulse and lower back pain.

Besides the potential loss of life to the pregnant woman, another dangerous side effect of preeclampsia occurs when the mother develops HELLP syndrome, which causes the premature delivery of the baby. Tragically, in many cases, the babies are stillborn.

 

North Carolina Injury Lawyer Perspective:  

The only “cure” for preeclampsia is delivery of the baby. This is why it’s critical for doctors to monitor pregnant patients closely for any signs that this condition may be developing. Unfortunately, too many times these symptoms are dismissed or overlooked by doctors. The patient is told that her symptoms are just “all part of being pregnant”.  By the time she is taken seriously, she and her baby are in crisis.

If this has happened to you, contact a North Carolina Injury Lawyer to find out what compensation you may be entitled to for any pain and loss you have suffered.

 

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Potentially Helpful Info:

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About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia and Carolina. Our attorneys have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctors’ mistakes, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see our track record of success in medical malpractice lawsuits, and also be sure to read our free medical malpractice reports Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider and Top 5 Surgical Errors. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive.


Hulk Hogan files $50 million lawsuit against Laser Spine Institute

By Mark Favaloro, Medical Malpractice Attorney

What happened:

A man named Terry Bollea has filed a $50 million lawsuit against the Tampa-based Laser Spine Institute,  alleging he was the victim of unnecessary surgeries which “severely damaged” his career. If Mr. Bollea’s name doesn’t ring a bell, his professional name may – Hulk Hogan.

The famous pro wrestler underwent multiple LSI procedures but never experienced more than temporary relief from his back pain, for which other doctors had recommended a more intrusive procedure. According to a report in the Orlando Sentinel, the suit alleges that “due to LSI’s monetary rather than medical motives, became the victim of multiple unnecessary endoscopic surgical procedures that further destabilized his already existing injured back … during the last chapter of an internationally successful athletic and entertainment career,”

In addition to claiming unnecessary surgeries, the lawsuit said the Laser Spine Institute used an endorsement from Hogan without permission or payment.

 

The North Carolina Injury Lawyer Perspective:   

The wrestler’s lawsuit accuses the clinic of advertising endoscopic procedures as a less-intrusive alternative to traditional surgery “through scare tactics,” while failing to inform patients that its procedures offer “only temporarily treat symptoms and cannot treat and provide a long term solution ….”

In 2011, Bloomberg.com produced a critical report about the Laser Spine Institute. The report spotlighted LSI’s practices of advertising out-patient, non-invasive surgery and promoting the operations at seminars in hotel meeting rooms. According to the report, because the clinics are not regulated like hospitals, the centers are performing what some experts warn are ineffective, expensive and potentially dangerous procedures.

 

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Potentially Helpful Info:

Our firm published an article detailing an innovative way on how to cut down on preventable medical mistakes. Read it here.

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About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia and Carolina. Our attorneys have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctors’ mistakes, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see our track record of success in medical malpractice lawsuits, and also be sure to read our free medical malpractice reports Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider and Top 5 Surgical Errors. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive.


Study Finds Thousands of Preventable Surgical Mistakes Made Every Year

By Richard N. Shapiro, Medical Malpractice Attorney

What happened:

The results of a new study have found that more than 4,000 preventable mistakes occur in surgery every year at a cost of more than $1.3 billion in medical malpractice payouts. Researchers refer to these mistakes as “never events” because they are events that should never have happened. Incidents like performing the wrong procedure or leaving a sponge inside a patient’s body after surgery are the types of never events recorded with the National Practitioner Data Bank from which the study drew its data from.

Compiling statistics from the years 1990 to 2010, researchers concluded that surgeons, on a weekly basis, leave a foreign object like a sponge or towel inside a patient’s body after an operation 39 times; perform the wrong procedure on a patient 20 times; operate on the wrong body site 20 times.

The results were published in Surgery. In an interview, one of the researchers, an associate professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said that the results are actually on the low end of the range because many never events go unreported. Unless a patient has complications and needs to return for medical attention, the event can go undiscovered.

The consequences of surgical mistakes ranged from temporary injury in 59% of the cases to death in 6.6% of the cases and permanent injury in 33% of people affected.

 

The Virginia Injury Lawyer Perspective:   

The results of this study are shocking. According to the study, nearly two-thirds of surgeons involved in a surgical mistake had been cited in more than one separate malpractice report in the past, and 12.4% were named in more than one surgical never event.

We’ve represented many clients who have been injured in surgical never events. Hide-and-Seek: When Surgical Tools Are Left Inside Patients reports on one client our firm represented where a small piece of a surgical instrument had broken off and was left inside the patient. Another client we represented received a $425,000 settlement for a retained surgical sponge injury.

 

Potentially Helpful Info:

Our firm published an article detailing an innovative way on how to cut down on preventable medical mistakes. Read it here.

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About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia and Carolina. Our attorneys have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctors’ mistakes, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see our track record of success in medical malpractice lawsuits, and also be sure to read our free medical malpractice reports Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider and Top 5 Surgical Errors. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive.



FDA Recommends Lower Dosage of Ambien After Decades of Side-Effect Complaints

By Mark Favaloro, VA  Medical Malpractice Attorney

What happened:

After years of receiving complaints about the sleeping pill Ambien, the FDA has recently issued a recommendation that doses for women should be lower than what is typically prescribed now. Many users complain of drowsiness in the morning, which has sometimes led to car accidents. In addition to the sleepy driving, other strange behaviors caused by side effects of the drug include texting, eating or having sex in the night without any memory of it in the morning. Many in the medical community question why it took the FDA so long to act.

The FDA recommends the lower does in any drug which contains the active ingredient zolpidem. Studies have shown that women take longer to metabolize the drug than men. An official from the agency’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research told New York Times an estimated 10 percent to 15 percent of women will have a level of zolpidem in their blood that could impair driving eight hours after taking the pill, while only about 3 percent of men do.

 

The Virginia Injury Lawyer Perspective:   

The documented incidents resulting from the side-effects of Ambien are numerous. Medical issues and heavy weight gain from the night binges, hallucinations, amnesia, all leading to the person “waking up” and having no recollection of what they said or did. Many people have ended up in jail for causing accidents and damage that they have no recall about.

The Wisconsin Law Journal recounted one woman’s experience, which is similar to many of the other incidents uses of the drug have experienced. In 2005, she was prescribed Ambien for insomnia. After three days of taking her prescribed dose, she woke up on the concrete floor of a jail cell. The police report said she got out of bed around 6 a.m., left her house, drove her mother’s car into a parked vehicle, left the scene and ran into another vehicle. She left that scene as well, returned home, had a chat with her mother and was arrested in her bedroom later that morning. She remembers neither the accident, nor anything else from the morning of her arrest.

Helpful Info:

If you or a family member has been injured by a defective or dangerous drug, you can begin to learn about your legal rights and options by reading this article.

Have Questions?

We maintain a library of attorneys’ answers to frequently asked questions regarding defective or dangerous drugs.

About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia and Carolina. Our attorneys have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctors’ mistakes, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see our track record of success in medical malpractice lawsuits, and also be sure to read our free medical malpractice reports Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider and Top 5 Surgical Errors. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive.